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'Yotes Notes: Intra-Squad Game Set for Saturday Afternoon

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – For the second year in a row, the Coyotes will stage an intra-squad game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gila River Arena to show support and raise funds for the 100 Club of Arizona.

"Bringing people together to support a great cause like this, I know the guys are excited about it," forward Joe Vitale said.

Photo by Norm Hall.

The 100 Club of Arizona provides assistance to statewide public safety agencies, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families through financial assistance, emotional support, safety enhancement stipends, and scholarships.

Last year, more than 6,300 fans attended the game and the organization raised $165,198 for the cause. Tickets are again $5 and all proceeds will benefit the 100 Club of Arizona. Parking is free.

Forty of the 45 players left in Training Camp will be split into two teams for the game, which will be staged like a regular-season game with three 20-minute periods.

Defenseman Keith Yandle said he’s happy the Coyotes are playing the game again this year and that he hopes it becomes an annual tradition. In addition to supporting such a worthy cause, Yandle said it’s fun to compete against teammates in a semi-formal setting such as this with bragging rights on the line.

"Any time you do anything competitive it’s for bragging rights," Yandle said. "It doesn’t matter what you’re playing you always want to win. That will definitely be the case in this game."

"Team Red" Roster | Forwards: Mikkel Boedker, Alex Bolduc, Kyle Chipchura, B.J. Crombeen, Shane Doan, Martin Erat, Matt Kassian, Rob Klinkhammer, Lauri Korpikoski, David Moss, Antoine Vermette, Joe Vitale | Defensemen: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Zbynek Michalek, David Schlemko, Michael Stone, Chris Summers, Keith Yandle | Goalies: Devan Dubnyk, Mike Smith.

"Team White" Roster | Forwards: Max Domi, Darian Dziurzynski, Lucas Lessio, Tyler Gaudet, Justin Hodgman, Phil Lane, Jordan Martinook, Brandon McMillan, Tobias Rieder, Henrik Samuelsson, Brendan Shinnimin, Jordan Szwarz | Defensemen: Andrew Campbell, Brandon Gormley, Jamie McBain, Connor Murphy, Dylan Reese, Matt Smaby | Goalies: Mike McKenna, Louis Domingue.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here for more info about the intra-squad game.

* Head Coach Dave Tippett said more roster cuts are planned for after the intra-squad game. The roster must be down to 23 players for the season opener on Oct. 9.

One player who is a lock to make the roster is forward Sam Gagner, whom the team acquired in a trade this summer.

Unlike most locks to make the roster, Gagner has played a lot of preseason games during this camp.

"I want to see him play, get kind of a handle on what he can do," Tippett said. "I've talked to Sam about that. He agreed with me that he wants to keep playing."


* Forward Brendan Perlini, the team’s first-round draft pick this year, underwent surgery today on a fractured hand bone he suffered in a Rookie Camp game against LA last week. Perlini, who was not expected to make the roster this season, will rehab in Arizona for the next two weeks and then return to his junior club - Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League. 

* Goalie Mike Smith was asked how he felt about the change in size of the trapezoid behind the net that is being implemented this season. The NHL is expanding the trapezoid by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

"I don't think it's going to matter," Smith said. "Obviously, it's nice to have the room. I think it'd be nicer if they took it out altogether, but I guess it's a step in the right direction."

By the way, Smith, who became a dad for the third time this summer, will be wearing an updates mask this season. Stay tuned.

* Goalie Mark Visentin was supposed to play in Friday’s preseason game at San Jose but he remains sidelined by a minor lower-body injury suffered on Sunday.

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